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Murder in Store

Murder in Store

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by D.C. C. Brod

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The likable protagonist of this creditable first novel is Quint McCauley, a middle-aged ex-cop recently jilted by his 23-year-old lover. McCauley is head of security for Hauser's, a large Chicago department store. Preston Hauser, president of the store, has been receiving threatening letters, and asks McCauley to quietly investigate. At a meeting with McCauley in his office, Preston takes his daily vitamins--and dies: the capsules were laced with cyanide. McCauley tells Preston's wife, Diana, a fetching kleptomaniac, that she is a widow; she finds the news hilarious and tries to seduce him. McCauley resists; he has recently become roommates with Elaine Kluszewski. He and Elaine investigate the various Hauser's executives that Preston had suspected of writing the letters. Brod's settings and dialogue are realistic and believable, more than making up for a repetitive running gag on the difficulty of parking in Chicago. Despite the obvious flag or two pointing the way to the guilty doorstep, this hard-boiled first-in-a-series is solid, satisfying fare. (Aug.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
A comfortable, conversational tone, everyday narrator/detective, and dollops of Chicago action accompany Brod's solid first novel. Shortly after ex-cop Quint McCauley, head of security for Hauser's department store, agrees to investigate death threats received by Hauser, Hauser dies of cyanide poisoning. McCauley continues his search among a standard array of suspects (e.g., a juicy, much younger wife) despite further murders, attempts on his own life, and loss of job. Not much out of the ordinary, but promising nonetheless.

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Murder in Store 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
saxston524 More than 1 year ago
A former policeman now working in a high end department store as Security Chief. He is asked by store's owner to look into the threatening letters he's been receiving.. Many twists and turns in this well written book - breakup with girlfriend,poison and of course, murder. This is a good old fashioned whodunit and it kept me interested until finished.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
Great, well written murder mystery. I loved it.
LadyTessie More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this fun, easy read. While it wasn't too challenging, it still offered up several possible scenarios for the bad guy. It had a mild noir feel to it too which I liked a lot.
rthib518 More than 1 year ago
Good plot, several possible killers with likely motives. Hard to put down once into it.
Anonymous 9 months ago
The cousin knocks on the door.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read, really enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was good but to me it was not that intriguing and interesting. I knew who the murderer was before page 100.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this mystery - was definitely a page-turner & kept my interest. The characters were realistic & Quint was quite likeable. I will probably look into some of the authors other works.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the tradition of a taciturn, heavy smoking gumshoe confronted by the stunning troubled dame, Quintus McCauley is compelled to prove whether Diana Hauser killed her rich husband, Preston or is being framed. In a great departure the female characters are strong and intelligent with much to add to the story. While not an Agatha Christie this is still a satisfying whodunit with a twist. I look forward to reading more about Quint and Elaine and their evolving partnership. On side note I appreciated the lack of graphic sex, violence, and crude language. Love being able to share my favorite reads with my teens!
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bikrgran More than 1 year ago
Quint McCauley, head of security at a major Chicago store, has to deal with the wife of the owner, who delights in shop-lifting in her own store. When called into Preston Hauser's office, he thinks it's because of Preston's wife, Diana. However, Preston has been receiving threatening notes, and he wants Quint to investigate, on the QT. Shortly thereafter, Preston drops dead, in Quint's presence, from a poisoned vitamin pill. Quint decided to continue the hunt for the note-sender, and hopefully, the killer. Diana, of course, is prime suspect because she's the pretty young wife, of a very rich, older man. Quint, finds that she's not the only one who would benefit from Preston's death, and it's a convoluted investigation that ensues before the real culprit is found. I love a mystery, and this is a good one.
RRPNC More than 1 year ago
A good read!! Highly recommend!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great story, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book from the first page, which was so unexpected that i had to read it twice. Very short (only 200 pages) but still the author was able to produce an entertaining and well-developed story. Lots of twists and turns and so many unscrupulous characters that you dont know who is guilty of what until the end. Definitely worth the time!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt get into it. Got to page 53 and gave up. Too slow and too many mundane details to spark any interest with me. Mad Cricket
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Fast, fun read. Well developed characters.
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I loved it. Too bad other books are not free :)) I liked the story, twists, end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
nothing too special but a good, easy read